Friday, February 27, 2004

Albert Arnold Corfu, 1847 to Amey Allin, Rhode Island

Letter is addressed to Mrs. Amey Allin, Providence, R.I., and is a three+ page 'Dear Mother' letter written by daughter Sarah, and also one page of writing from 'son' A.N. Arnold. He was actually son in law, but the usual custom in those days was to leave out the 'in law'.

The headline is Corfu, Jan 8, 1847.

Arnold did his writing on Jan. 21. A.N. Arnold would be Albert Nicholas Arnold.

Here's a bio I saw on the internet: "Albert Nicholas Arnold ARNOLD, Albert Nicholas, clergyman, born in Cranston, Rhode Island, 12 February 1814; died in Cranston, Rhode Island. 11 October 1883. He was graduated at Brown in 1838, studied at Newton theological seminary, and on 14 September 1841, was ordained pastor of the Baptist Church at Newburyport, Massachusetts. From 1844 to 1854 he was a missionary to Greece, from 1855 to 1857 he was professor of Church history at Newton seminary, and in 1858 he became pastor at Westborough, Massachusetts, where he remained until 1864. He was then chosen professor of biblical interpretation and pastoral theology in the Baptist seminary at Hamilton, New York, and from 1869 to 1873 held the professorship of New Testament Greek in Baptist theological seminary at Chicago. Dr. Arnold published, in 1860, "Prerequisites to Communion," and in 1871 "One Woman's Mission."

Some abstracts:

[Sarah]"My dear husband has enjoyed almost uninterrupted health, and has been permitted, after two years hard study, to commence the preaching of the gospel, in the difficult language of the Greeks, and has been favoured with very good audiences."

"About a fortnight ago we had an examination of our little Infant school. Seventy six children were present, others were kept at home from sickness and other causes."

"What a sad account you gave of Prof. Gale's voyage to the South, but this was not so dreadful as the loss of the Atlantic, if reports which have come to us are true. Did you know any of the passengers?"

[Albert]"While Sarah is having her Italian lesson on the opposite side of the table, I must write you a few lines."

"Sarah has not told you that we have two American sailors in Corfu, one from Providence, from Christian Hill, from High Street. At least his mother now lives, he says, on High St. His name is Nathan Crowell. His mother is married to David Coller, machinist. His family, he says, are all Methodists. The other is from Lowell. They were shipwrecked on the Albanian coast, about a day and a half's sail north of this island, and their vessel and cargo were lost."

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